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Courtesans & Fishcakes : The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens - James N Davidson

Courtesans & Fishcakes

The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens

Paperback Published: 1st May 2011
ISBN: 9780226137438
Number Of Pages: 372

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As any reader of the Symposium knows, the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates conversed over lavish banquets, kept watch on who was eating too much fish, and imbibed liberally without ever getting drunk. In other words, James Davidson writes, he reflected the culture of ancient Greece in which he lived, a culture of passions and pleasures, of food, drink, and sex before—and in concert with—politics and principles.

Athenians, the richest and most powerful of the Greeks, were as skilled at consuming as their playwrights were at devising tragedies. Weaving together Greek texts, critical theory, and witty anecdotes, this compelling and accessible study teaches the reader a great deal, not only about the banquets and temptations of ancient Athens, but also about how to read Greek comedy and history.

About the Author

James Davidson is professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books and the author of the award-winning The Greeks and Greek Love.

ISBN: 9780226137438
ISBN-10: 0226137430
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 1st May 2011
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54

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